Renew Kids: Sunday, March 13th, 2016 (Learning Together)

Note: this weekend Daylight Savings begins, which means we set our clocks forward an hour Saturday night.

In our desire to equip parents as they “train their children up in the way they should go,” we have created a blog series to communicate the lessons our kids will be learning each Sunday, family verses to memorize together, and resources to help you as the parent to disciple your children.

Renew Kids

The word “disciple” means to intentionally impact the life of someone in the direction of being more like Jesus.

Disciples follow Jesus and help others follow Him too.

Every week faithful servants enter into this discipleship process with the children in Renew Kids. There are three classes every Sunday: Nursery (ages 0-2), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-10).

This week’s Family Verse

 “And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” —Mark 11:9

Primary Class

Our curriculum for the Primary class comes from The Gospel Project for Kids and systematically teaches the stories of the Bible starting in Genesis and finishing in Revelation. We are currently studying the Old Testament going from Creation through the life of Joseph.

Unit Focus: God the Covenant Maker

God entered a covenant relationship with Abraham and all of his descendants to continue His plan of redemption. It is through this family, the nation of Israel, that God would bless the entire world by bringing forth the Messiah, Jesus.

Unit Key Passage

“For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” —Romans 4:3

Bible Passage: Genesis 22:1-19

Main Point: Abraham trusted God.

Big Picture Question: What did God promise? God promised to bless His people.

Discussion Questions

  1. Who was Abraham’s very special son? (Isaac)
  2. Did Abraham know why God wanted him to offer Isaac? (no)
  3. Did Abraham believe God would keep His promise about Isaac no matter what? (yes)
  4. What did God provide as a sacrifice? (a sheep)

Challenge Class

The Challenge Class is taking a break from studying the Gospel of Mark. They will be taking part in the EASTER Catechism that will engage the kids into the greatest story ever lived and told. This narrative will help connect the dots for the kids about this amazing life changing event.

Catechism (kat-i-kiz-uhm) is defined as a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for the instruction of Christians. Simply put, it’s the cadence of questions and answers for the purpose of creating understanding.

The EASTER Catechism offers a simple rhythm designed to help move our class through the EASTER catechism; read, memorize, chat, and pray. Every week as they gather for Challenge Class, they will read Scripture, memorize part of the catechism, chat about the material, and end with a prayer written specially for each section.

Gospel for Asia Project

GFA goat

In the Challenge Class they are working on earning a pair of goats for a family through Gospel for Asia. How do they earn this? Every week the kids in the Challenge Class have the opportunity to earn marbles to fill up a jar in order to earn a pair of goats for the Gospel for Asia Ministry. How do they earn marbles?

The kids in Challenge Class can earn marbles in these ways:

  1. Memorize the memory verse for their Challenge Class
  2. Study the Bible at home
  3. Draw a picture of something they learned in the bible
  4. Learn a new story from the Bible

Challenge Study

This week in Challenge they will begin the EASTER Catechism with THE GARDEN.

Scripture Reading:

Isaiah 53:1-12, 55:6; Luke 22:39-46, 47-53; Matthew 26:36-45, 26:47-55; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Jeremiah 29:13

Memorize: 

After dinner, Jesus and His disciples went to: pray

Jesus prayed because He knew what was ahead; He knew He needed to: die

And sin can only be covered by the blood of a: perfect lamb

Because Jesus’ love is bigger and better than sin, Jesus was obedient all the way to the: cross

Judas, the one who had betrayed Jesus, led soldiers into the garden to: arrest him

Discussion Questions:
  1. What did we learn about God? What is prayer? (God the Son prays. The Father loved the Son and the Son loved the Father. Prayer is intimacy with God and a confession of God’s sufficiency.)
  2. What makes Jesus the perfect lamb? (He is without sin. He has no guilt. He is perfect, holy, and righteous.)
  3. What does it mean for our sin to be covered? (In death, Jesus takes our sin on Himself and gives us His righteousness.)
  4. If Jesus was innocent, why was He arrested? (Because the Jewish leaders and the Roman government were scared they would lose their power / authority.)
  5. Where / how do we see the gospel? (Why did Jesus have to die)? (It was the way God promise to rescue us.)
Prayer:
God, teach us to pray like Jesus prayed. To desire more closeness with You.
To recognize our neediness and Your enough-ness. Help us to remember
our emptiness and Your fullness. Although obedience may be hard a lot
of times, remind us that obedience brings freedom and life. Give us the
courage to trust You, believe You, and obey You. We know that Your love
holds everything together. Amen.
 The Challenge Class will also be finishing up their study on the Fruits of the Spirit. They will be focusing on Gentleness and Self-Control this week. This is the song they are learning in class:

Memory Verse

“And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” —Mark 11:9

Scripture Verse for the Parents

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”—1 Colossians 3:12

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